NEWS FROM THE BASQUE COUNTRY

NEWS FROM THE BASQUE COUNTRY

EASTER IN THE BASQUE COUNTRY
Holy Week is the Christian holidays from Palm Sunday to Resurrection Sunday, although these days also include the previous Friday (Holy Friday).
Every year masses of visitors meet up in Balmaseda’s Way of Sorrows. For months, Balmaseda inhabitants have been rehearsing to show realism during the acts that are accompanied by processions and chants. Over 500 inhabitants perform different scenes from the life of Jesus on Maundy Thursday and Holy Friday. On Maundy Thursday, those who attend will enjoy “The Last Supper”, “Prayer in Gethsemane” and “the Seizure of Jesus”. As for Holy Friday, at 9am Roman guards play the drums announcing they are ready for the trial of Jesus before Pilato, the Hanging of Judas and a procession down the streets up to the spot where the scene of the Crucifixion will take place.
In Bizkaia’s capital, Bilbao, over 3,000 members of religious brotherhoods take part in every single procession from Holy Friday to Holy Saturday. They accompany “Pasos”, which are statues of great artistic value. The Penitents’ Procession is outstanding. It marches through the neighbourhood of San Francisco, where Flamenco verses (Saetas) are sung and the Silent Procession takes place early morning through the Old Town of Bilbao also known as Siete Calles.
When: 13/04/2017 – 17/04/2017

THE ARRIGAGA THEATRE REVEALS ITS SECRETS ON GUIDED TOURS
The theatre was built in neo-baroque style in 1890 by the architect Joaquín de Rucoba, suffered a fire in 1914 after which it had to be completely rebuilt, reopening in 1919, and again underwent major rebuilding after being severely damaged in the floods of 1983.
By setting up these guided tours, which last about 50 minutes, the Arriaga becomes an “essential tourist attraction”, about which information will be provided in the tourist information office and hotels; it will be added to the Bilbao Turismo routes and featured in guides and magazines, as well as being promoted on websites.
Where: Teatro Arriaga. Plaza Arriaga, 1 / BILBAO
When: 04/03/2017 – 24/06/2017

GEOPARKEA GUIDED VISITS
The Basque coastal geopark is situated between the Bay of Biscay and the municipalities of Zumaia, Deba and Mutriku.
The area is of outstanding geological interest, as the distribution of its strata in a formation known as flysch offers a view of some of the most dramatic episodes in the planet’s history over the last 60 million years, including the great cataclysm that marked the end of the age of the dinosaurs.

CYCLE TOURING BILBAO
The BILBAO-BILBAO cycling event has a route covering 115 kilometres and has a personality of its own which attracts many and varied participants.
There are 5 staged starts at 15-minute intervals and it is suitable for all cyclists.
Over the years thousands of cyclists have taken part and enjoyed the route and their experiences along it.
The starting line is at the Deustobridge, next to the Zubiarte shopping centre, and the finish is on the Gran Vía Bilbao.
Where: BILBAO
When: 19/03/2017

PELLO IRARZU: RETROSPECTIVE
A key artist in the contemporary scene and relevant un the renewal of Basque sculpture. He alternates sculpture with photography, drawing and mural painting. He deals with the problems that arise in the relationships established between our bodies, objects, images and spaces.
Where: Guggenheim Musuem(Bilbao)
When: 10/03/2017- 26/06/2017

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